|Artist:||Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)|
|Title:||Mère et enfant au fichu (Mother and Child with Shawl), from Barcelona Suite, 1966|
|Series:||Barcelona Suite, 1966|
|Medium:||Color Offset Lithograph on Arches paper.|
|Image Size:||18 1/16 in x 16 1/4 in (45.9 cm x 41.3 cm)|
|Sheet Size:||29 3/4 in x 21 in (75.6 cm x 53.3 cm)|
|Framed Size:||approx. 40 in x 32 in (101.6 cm x 81.3 cm)|
|Edition:||Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by the Museo Picasso in Barcelona and printed by Foto-Repro S.A., Barcelona, 1966|
|Signature:||This work is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin.|
|Condition:||This work is in excellent condition.|
|Gallery Price:||Please call us 510-777-9970 for availability.|
This is one of the only bonified and documented prints of the poignant blue period painting titled "Mother and Child with Shawl, 1903" This wonderful work is one of only a handful of blue period works that Picasso authorized to be printed during his lifetime.
A piece that is one of the best examples of Picasso's ability to extract emotion from even the most reserved viewer. Using a predominance of blue that expresses the distress and sorrow of the subjects, Picasso transforms the viewing experience from one of passive speculation, to passionate suffering on behalf of the subjects. As our empathy for the two helpless subjects takes over we realized that such strong emotion has been elicited by the dominant blue color. Viewers can note, it is not only the color blue, which indeed dominates the print, but it is how Picasso handles the blue, and uses it to depict eyes that express a lifetime of pain, lips that wither as the days pass without any food, and the single weathered hand that clutches the child as if it is grasping not only the infant but a last shred of hope.
Picasso's famous channeling of emotion into the canvas during his "Blue Period" is perhaps a reflection of his times, where an intellectual reevaluation of life coupled with a dreary perception of existence created some of the greatest and most powerful artwork of the twentieth century. A contemporary of Baudelaire and Rimbaud, who used their pain to drive their art, Picasso was also one of the first artists to meld pain and suffering and artistic mastery to create works that were both sincere and troubling.
Published in 1966, this color offset lithograph on Arches paper is hand signed by Pablo Picasso (Malaga, 1881 – Mougins, 1973) in pencil in the lower right margin and numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left. Numbered from the edition of 60 in pencil in the lower left margin; published by the Museo Picasso in Barcelona and printed by Foto-Repro S.A., Barcelona, 1966
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
Pablo Picasso Mother and Child with Shawl (Mère et enfant au fichu) from Barcelona Suite, 1966 is fully documented and referenced in the below catalogue raisonnés and texts (copies will be enclosed as added documentation with the invoices that will accompany the final sale of the work) :
1. Czwiklitzer, Christopher, Picasso's Posters, Random House, 1970. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 231.
2. Rodrigo Luis Carlos, Picasso in his Posters, Arte Ediciones, Volume I, 1992. Listed and illustrated as catalogue raisonné no. 149.
3. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Pablo Picasso Mother and Child with Shawl (Mère et enfant au fichu) from Barcelona Suite, 1966 is framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with linen-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.